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BOOK OF THE WEEK: Moin and the Monster

The book trails the ups and downs in Moin?s life with his new companion the naughty and mischievous monster.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 12:34 IST
Indrani Neogi
Indrani Neogi

Moin and the Monster
Anushka Ravishankar
Price — Rs 155
Publication — Puffin Books

One dark night, a monster came to little Moin’s life shuffling and sniffling from under his bed and with that begins a roller coaster ride of Moin and the Monster in a wonderful little book by Anushka Ravishanhar (no relation with the maestro).
The book trails the ups and downs in Moin’s life with his new companion the naughty and mischievous monster. Life with the monster is no joke specially one who loves bananas, singing gibberish and trying out new hairstyles! What does it look like? Where has it come from? Well this monster has been sent from the monster world refer to Monster Rule No. 17! With its eyes like flame, chest like a drum and long green hair, Anushka’s monster is a sight to behold as painted by illustrator Anitha Balachandran.

As Moin takes the obstacle course of his life with the monster, we fall in love with the antics of this adorable, funny-faced, pink, furry creature. From the dentist’s chamber to friend’s birthday party, from the Principal's office to Miss Anita’s class, there is no respite from Moin as a monster can not be gifted away.
Anushka's frothy prose makes us crack with the veritable bedlam that Moin's life is and his funny efforts at getting rid of the monster. And all this ends with sweet promises of a lifetime of togetherness and of bonding forever between poor Moin and the bullying monster.

Life seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old is indeed frothy and fantastic. All of us would want to welcome a yodelling monster in our lives to give it a certain twist and turn with a pinch of magic and spoonful of adventure.

So if your are looking for high adventure in a little way, you don’t have to read through the mountainous Harry Potter but can also find delight in Anushka’s book with its breezy pace and delightful illustrations of the ugly snugly monster.

So, the next time you hear these unexplained noises at night, get up from your bed and look for the monster underneath the bed, inside the cupboard, by the shoe rack or may be in your smelly blue socks…ugh but do spice up your bland life!

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 12:34 IST